Did you know that Earth Day was initiated by the Russian author Vladimir Megre? In his books he describes a dialogue between him and Anastasia, during which the idea rose by him to create a holiday. That is because of Anastasia’s argument that the Earth needs help. She stated:
“The Earth feels everything. When She is covered with concrete or asphalt, when trees are cut and forests are burned, when the Earth is dug to mine her minerals (mines & fracking), or when fertilizers (and pesticides) are sprinkled, She feels the pain.”
Then Anastasia says:
“But it gives her strength when you treat her tenderly and lovingly. The Earth may be large, but it is extremely sensitive. Compare the order of magnitude between a human and a mosquito. Despite its smaller size, you’ll feel a mosquito settle on your arm! So is the Earth. She feels the tender touch of even a single human hand. Oh, how deeply She feels this touch, and how longingly She looks at it!”
This was also noticed by some Russian people.
“In Russia, land has long been considered public property. People did not consider it their own. But then a change came and small plots of land were given out to the people for their ‘dachas’. (That’s the Russian word for allotment gardens). However, these pieces of land were too small to use all kinds of technical aids. But there were a lot of Russians who yearned for contact with Earth, who enthusiastically accepted these pieces of land. Both poor and rich people.”
“And when the people got their plots, they realized… nothing can sever Man’s connection to the Earth. And millions of pairs of human hands touched the Earth lovingly. Precisely with their hands, and not with machines or devices, people touched the Earth tenderly. And the Earth felt this. She felt the touch of every single hand, and found the strength within herself to hold out for a little while longer.”
The author Vladimir Megre responded quickly to this argument and asked jokingly:
“Should a statue be erected for every allotment gardener then, or what?… As saviors of the planet?”
But kind of surprisingly, Anastasia confirmed this.
“Yes Vladimir, they are rescuers indeed.”
So, this more or less prompted the creation of a holiday in honor of the allotment gardens, and by extension, in honor of the Earth. Vladimir and Anastasia call it:
‘Day of the Allotment Gardeners and Day of the Earth.’
“It will be a bright and wonderful holiday for all! First this holiday is celebrated in Russia, and later it becomes the most beautiful holiday anywhere on Earth. A holiday for the soul. On this day, everyone can do the best what is prompted by their heart. All people will be happy and the Earth will breathe a sigh of relief.”
Continuing this train of thought, Anastasia immediately “modeled” the new holiday in broad strokes:
“On this very day, may all the people of Russia -and the world at large -red-, wake up with the first rays of the sun.”
“May all people, alone, with their families, or with friends, come out and stand barefoot on the Earth.
May those who have a small plot of land, where they grow fruits and vegetables with their own hands, greet the first rays of the sun there, near their own plants, and touch with their hands every crop species.
May they, when the sun rises, pick a berry of every kind and eat them. And they don’t have to eat anything else that morning.
May they work on their own piece of land until noon.
May each of them reflect on his life: what brings joy, what is his task?
May everyone lovingly remember their neighbors and friends.
And may everyone ponder why his plants grow, and see what their separate destiny is.
May everyone spend at least one hour alone before lunch. It doesn’t matter where and how, as long as it’s just to look into oneself, into ones deepest inner self at this time.
May the whole family gather at noon. All those who dwell together, along with those who have come from far on this day.
May the midday meal consist of the freshest gifts the Earth has given at noon. May each put on the table what his heart and soul desire.
May the family members or those present, look tenderly into each other’s eyes, and may the eldest present, together with the youngest, bless the meal.
And may there be a quiet conversation over the table, conducted on the good of all who are present.
And in the afternoon people go to town. Now that they have gathered that day’s crop from their own patch of Earth, they take it with them in baskets, and give it to those who have no garden.
It’ll be strong enough to cure the disease of a lot of people. Both deadly and chronic diseases will disappear. Everybody is happy! So many positive feelings this day!
May the sick, including those who are terminally ill, meet the long queue of returning people from the land on this day. The Rays of Love and Goodness and the fruits brought, will help them heal, help them overcome diseases.
Look! Look! The central station. A stream of people with colorful baskets. See how calm and cordiality radiate from the eyes of the people.”
The date for Earth Day has been suggested by Anastasia for July 23. Nowadays, there are many international different dates for Earth Day, also in Russia. But July 23th is the date that The Earth Hectare Grid endorses, since this was originally given. Hence, on behalf of all allotment gardeners -& hectare stewards- and all others who resonate with this Earth Day celebration:
We wish you a bright and wonderful Earth Day!
Please note, the quotes in this article are translated from the Dutch version of Megre’s books. They might slightly differ from the English translation from Russian.